Cape Cod District - Walt Watson

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Cape Cod District Detachments

  • Plymouth Detachment #1306
  • Cape Cod Detachment #125
  • Greater New Bedford Detachment #1399
  • Lance Corporal Van Gyzen Detachment #1285

Marine Walter “Walt” Watson enlisted in the Marine Corps in February of 1976 and rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant prior to his commissioning in December of 1986. He retired from active duty as a Colonel with thirty-seven years of service in the Marine Corps on September 1, 2013. His last assignment was the Branch Head, for Aviation Support and Logistics (ASL-1) under the Deputy Commandant for Aviation at HQMC in the Pentagon. ASL-1 is the Marine Corps senior position for Aviation Logistics, overseeing all aspects Aviation Weapons Systems health and readiness, as well as Manning, Training, and Equipping the Aviation Maintenance and Logistics Military Occupation Specialties for both officer and enlisted Marines.

His Marine Corps assignments included: The Assistant Chief of Staff, Aviation Logistics Division for Marine Forces Pacific, Camp Smith, Hawaii; Assistant Chief of Staff, Aviation Logistics Division for First Marine Aircraft Wing, Okinawa, Japan; Aircraft Maintenance Officer for Aviation Logistics Division, Marine Corps Forces Pacific; Commanding Officer Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 24, MAG-24, MCAS Kaneohe, HI; Aircraft Maintenance Officer Executive Flight Detachment for Marine Helicopter Squadron One, Quantico,Virginia; Maintenance Officer, Assistant Maintenance Officer, Rotary Wing Class Desk Officer for AH-1W, CH-46E, CH-53D, CH-53E, UH-1N, KC-130F and KC-130R aircraft and Aviation Maintenance Management and Assist Team Leader for First Marine Aircraft Wing, Okinawa, Japan; Executive Officer for Marine Aviation Maintenance Squadron One, Pensacola, Florida; Senior Marine, Chief Instructor and Instructor Evaluator for Aviation Maintenance Officer's School, Naval Aviation Schools Command, Pensacola, Florida; Maintenance Material Control Officer for Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369 UH-1N, AH-1J and AH-1W, MCAS, Camp Pendleton, California; Officer In Charge, Power Plants Division, T-400-CP-400, T-700 C, T-76 for Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron 39, MCAF, Camp Pendleton, California; Course Director, Senior Instructor, and Instructor Evaluator for the AH-1T Power Trains and Rotors Course as well as AH-1T Pilot Familiarization Course at Naval Aviation Maintenance Training Group Detachment 1030, MCAF Camp Pendleton, California; Flight Line Chief and Maintenance Controller for Marine Attack Helicopter Squadron 369 UH-1N and AH-1J, MCAF Camp Pendleton California; Production Controller and AMSU Chief for Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron 36, Okinawa, Japan; Drill Instructor, Kilo Company, Third Recruit Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Training Regiment, Marine Corp Recruit Depot San Diego, California; Maintenance Controller, Mechanic and UH-1N Crew Chief for Marine Light Helicopter Squadron 267, MCAF Camp Pendleton, California; Power Plants and Flight Line Mechanic, UH-1E for Marine Light Helicopter Squadron 771, Marine Aviation Reserve Training Detachment, Naval Air Station South Weymouth, Massachusetts; Avco-Lycoming T-53-L-13 and T-400-CP-400 Power Plants Mechanic for Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron 29, MCAS New River, North Carolina; Aircraft Maintenance and Power Plants student at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Pensacola, Florida and Naval Air Station Memphis, Millington, Tennessee; Recruit, Delta Company, Second Recruit Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Training Regiment, Parris Island, South Carolina.

Walt holds a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management from the University of Southern Illinois and a Master of Science in International Relations from Troy University. He is also a graduate of both the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and Amphibious Warfare Schools, at Quantico Virginia, the Advanced Logistics Officer's Course, Quantico Virginia, Aviation Maintenance Program Manager's Course, Senior Aviation Maintenance Officer Course, and Aviation Maintenance officer's School, Pensacola Florida. Multiple Aviation Maintenance Technical Schools and Drill Instructor School, MCRD San Diego.

He received specialty training in and certification in Lean, Six Sigma, Theory of Constraints for Supply Chain Design, Supply Chain Technical Expert, and Supply Chain Deployment training. He is also completed the Marine Corps' CPI Yellow Belt and Executive Level Green Belt training courses. He is a designated Weight and Balance Certified Officer and Certified Master Training Specialist from both Naval Aviation Schools Command in Pensacola Florida and the Naval Aviation Technical Training Group in Memphis Tennessee. Lastly, he is a qualified Black Belt in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program.

Walt held the following Military Occupational Specialties: 6124 T-53 Gas Turbine Engine Mechanic; 6114 Aircraft Mechanic for UH-1E, UH-1N Huey and AH-1J, AH-1T Cobra helicopters; 6125 T-400-CP-400 and T400-WV-402 Turbine Engine Mechanic. 8511 USMC Drill Instructor; 6002 Aviation Maintenance Officer; and 8040 Logistics Colonel.

Walt’s personal Awards include the Legion of Merit with gold stars (third award), the Meritorious Service Medal with gold stars (third award), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star (second award), Navy Achievement Medal with gold star (second award) one for Heroism, the second for achievement and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. He is also authorized to wear the Presidential Service Badge and Naval Aircrew wings.

Walt is a Life member of the Marine Corps League, and currently a member of MCL Detachment 125, in Hyannis. He has served as the Commandant, Senior Vice Commandant and Junior Vice Commandant. In addition, he is serving as the Post Commander for the Dennis F. Thomas (Marine Raider, posthumously awarded the Navy Cross on Guadalcanal) VFW Post 2578 in Hyannis.